RITA’s “GAP YEAR PROJECT” …an awesome idea !
Some of you may remember the blog that I wrote about meeting the author of “Female Nomad”, Rita Golden Gelman. In 2005 my daughter, her husband and I spent three hours with Rita over a leisurely lunch at the Omega Institute in Dutchess County, NY.
It was a wonderful experience and we all came away with a feeling of respect and awe for this amazing woman. She is totally dedicated to “living at large in the world” and her inspirational journey is a testament to the fact that we can all live together in peace.
Now Rita is enlarging her dreams and hopes to provide global learning for teens. In a nutshell she is advocating to have High School seniors take a year off before college to visit other world-wide life styles.
Her blogsite states: “What is Global Learning? ….it is a national movement whose mission is to promote world peace by encouraging and enabling new High School graduates to live in other countries before they begin the next phase of their lives. We will achieve our mission by educating the public about the benefits of international experiences, informing people of existing programs, and making the opportunity available to everyone.”
Although Rita has been working on this idea for years The “Gap Year Project” is still in it’s infancy and she is inviting all of us to join in. You can find all the details on her website. The first exciting step is slated to take place June 20th in Washington, D.C. It will be an all-day brainstorming session to clarify the goals and how they can be reached.
The “Gap Year Project” is an uplifting and positive ray of sunshine in these troubled times. I look forward to being part of this and hope that some of you will jump in also.